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9 Simple Ways to Manage Stress

Stress is bad news. The medical community agrees that prolonged, unmanaged stress can lead to long-term health problems, depression and insomnia. The worst part is that stress can come from any aspect of our lives: work, relationships, our own insecurity or those bills that won’t stop coming.

So what can we do about it?

The medical community also agrees that stress is (unfortunately) a natural part of life. And if managed properly, regular amounts of stress can even help us thrive! So the answer to stress isn’t to eliminate it, but to manage it in responsible ways that allow us to move forward and enjoy life, health and our loved ones.

Here are nine simple ways to manage stress.

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5 Tips to Manage Social Anxiety

Social anxiety, also called social phobia, is the fear of being around people. A person suffering from social anxiety often has unreasonable or excessive fear of social interactions or situations, and would rather be alone than interact with other people. It arises from the fear of being judged, criticized, or closely watched by others. It is estimated that social anxiety disorder affects roughly 15 million adults in the U.S and is the most common mental illness in the United States. It is as common in men as it is in women but often affects people around the age of 13.

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Inward and Outward: How External Behavior and Addiction Are An Ongoing Cycle

What Are Externalizing Behaviors?

Externalizing behaviors are directed outward, towards our environment and the people in it – everything from our jobs, to our friends and our families, to the person standing behind us in line at the coffee shop, or the clerk ringing up the sale. Instead of expressing negative emotion or anger in a productive way that addresses the problem directly, our reactions are directed at ‘innocent bystanders” in our immediate vicinity.

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Mother's Day, A Never-Ending Reason to Stay Sober

With Mother's Day weekend nearly here you will see a lot of advertisements for gifts and flowers and other tokens of affection. But if your family is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol addiction, one of the best gifts you can give is the dedication to staying sober. Whether your mother is your inspiration for remaining sober, or you are a mother (or father) wanting to stay sober for your children, there are many reasons on this Mother's Day to choose sobriety. Pathways Real Life Recovery is here to help.

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Toddler Tantrum Tips for Parents

If we haven’t witnessed them first-hand, we have all heard of the “terrible twos”, that period of time when toddlers are prone to throwing temper tantrums. In actuality, and unfortunately for parents and caregivers, tantrums don’t start the day a toddler turns two and end the day they turn three. Tantrums usually occur as children are going through normal developmental phases between the ages of 18 months to four years.

A tantrum should not be viewed as a negative thing, although it’s easy to feel that way in the moment. Toddlers aren’t intentionally trying to push our buttons. When a child throws a tantrum, he or she is actually creating or expressing their own individuality, and demonstrating that they can think for themselves. They don’t have the skills to express themselves differently at that age, which is where parents and caregivers need to both meet the child’s needs and help them learn how to cope with problems differently in the future.

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Getting A Job After Rehab

If you are reentering the workforce after a successful stint in rehab, congratulations! You are taking the first step towards reclaiming your life purpose as you embark on the next chapter in your personal journey.

That said, managing the delicate balancing act of sticking with rehab while remaining committed to the job search can seem overwhelming in the best of times. This guide provides insightful tips on how to strike that perfect balance you need to land a job while staying clean and committed to rehabilitation.

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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Sober in Utah

St. Patrick's Day is a fabulous holiday when people let their hair down, celebrate their ethnic heritage and throw a big parade. Many people feel the temptation to drink during this time. If you would rather avoid drinking and maintain your sobriety, you will find lots of ways to celebrate without the need for alcohol. Cast aside the green beer just as St. Patrick cast out the snakes from Ireland. Embrace the delight that is Irish culture without the booze.

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Benefits of Marriage Counseling

Some do it, but few talk about it.  MARRIAGE COUNSELING.  Some may think that going to therapy sessions or receiving counseling means something is wrong with them.  In truth, however, couples therapy can be very beneficial to your relationship.  Relationships are complex and require many skills that we are not just born with. We have all heard the saying, 'Nothing worth having is ever easily attained.'  This statement can ring a bell for those couples who are suffering from strained communication, unbalanced responsibility, either financial or child rearing, sexual frustrations, chemical dependency, co-dependency, etc. Don't be ashamed to get professional help, your marriage may depend on it.

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Tips to Beat Holiday Depression and Anxiety

[ffb_param route="o gen text"]Even the happiest people sometimes experience holiday blues. With so many things to juggle at once, it’s not uncommon to feel down during the “most wonderful time of the year.” Especially for those prone to depression and anxiety, November and December can be particularly difficult to navigate with a smile.

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5 Reasons To Be Thankful While In Recovery

The Importance of Gratitude in Recovery

If you are in recovery, negative thoughts may try to plague your life. These types of thoughts can make you feel as if your life isn’t going anywhere, and can ultimately hurt your recovery process. This is why being thankful is important. Being thankful is about focusing on the good things in your life; the things that make you happy and make your life feel full. A positive attitude has been shown to help those in recovery not only recover faster, but also reduce the chances of relapse. Why? Those who are thankful and positive often:

  • Have friends that pull equal weight in the relationship
  • Have better outlook on the future,
  • Tend to be in less interpersonal conflict
  • Have Less Stress
  • Are less self-absorbed

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